It is one thing to have a great idea but when it comes to protecting the idea from being copied, that can be a challenge.
What is a patent? A patent is a monopoly granted by the federal government to an inventor for a limited period of time to use or license his or her invention. We have been asked time and time again if it is possible to patent a business idea in Nigeria.
The answer to this is a big NO! But don’t get disappointed just yet. Although, you may not be able to patent your startup idea, you can patent an invention. You can get a patent in Nigeria just like any where else even though different rules may apply.
The Difference Between An Idea And An Invention
While an idea is an untested imaginary concept, an invention is the realistic product of your idea. Your invention can be in the form of a process, composition, that has a description, design, features, etc.
For instant, you have an idea for a software that records your body temperature daily to determine your health status. The idea for such an idea can’t be patented if you have not built it or can’t proof that the software can be developed.
Who Is In-Charge?
Patents are issued by The Trademarks, Patents And Designs Registry, Commercial Law Department, Federal Ministry Of Industry, Trade & Investment.
Who Can File A Patent?
Only accredited agents can file a patent on your behalf. Therefore, it is advised that you hired the services of a seasoned certified patent lawyer or firm.
What is Required for Registration?
Your concept has to be unique. In other words, it should not have been patented before. Moreover, you would have a stronger case for a patent if the invention is totally innovative. Every applications for patent has to come with a request for patent. Which has to be signed by the applicant or an agent representative.
The patent application should also contain the names and address of the applicant, a specification requirement. As well as a claim, drawings (of process) and plans, a declaration if any, signed by the inventor, a signed power of attorney or authorization of the agent if the request is made by the agent; the address of the business in Nigeria and the patent fee.
What Is The Duration Of Patent?
In Nigeria, every patent ensures the holder is granted a monopoly for twenty years from the date the patent was filed. Also note that not paying the fixed yearly fees can result to the patent getting canceled. The grace period for the payment of such fees is six (6) months.
Want To Patent Your Invention?
In a bid to file patent for an application we are currently developing, we sort the services of a law firm with experience in patent registration in Nigeria. The process was smooth and affordable. So much so I had to make this recommendation. NLIP Watch helped with all the technicalities involved with our application. I believe they can help with yours. Visit the seasoned lawyers at nlipw.com to discuss your patent today.
Why Youth Empowerment Is Important In Nigeria
In today’s Nigeria, radical investment in youth development in other to boost human capital and the economy is extremely crucial.
As a result, youth empowerment is the most critical long-term investment a nation can embark on for the future of its people in terms of prosperity and quality of life.
Below are some of the reasons why Nigeria should treat youth empowerment as an emergency.
- Youth Empowerment To Fight Poverty
The key to unlocking hidden capacity that can improve the standard of living of the average Nigerian is youth empowerment. Today’s youth will be the ones to lead societal growth or a lack of it in the future.
An empowered youth is freed from the fear of the unknown, insecurities as he or she possesses the necessary knowledge and skills to determine their destinies, as a result creating a continuously improving society. Above all, without empowerment, a generation of potential innovators, investors and gurus will be lost. An individual can only give with he or she has. For instant, an empty cup can not supply another cup with its content.
- The Economic Impact Of Youth Empowerment
Research shows that there is a strong correlation between economic growth and youth empowerment. In other words, possessing better knowledge and skills would have a direct impact on the economy of any country. With a knowledgeable workforce for example, productivity increases, quality of work increases, the quality of goods and services increase. The economy is better for it.
Furthermore, people with better knowledge and skills possess the capacity to earn more from their endeavors. This results in stronger consumer spending power. As one becomes employed, starts a business, and/or experience growth in earnings, his or her ability to purchase home appliances, cars, landed property, technology etc increases. This creates a positive ripple effect on the economy as various industries like auto manufacturing, tech, real estate and many more are directly impacted, leading to a growth in the nation’s GDP.
- The Need for A Long Term Social Network
In a country like Nigeria, where skills is not enough, there is a need to build a long term social network if one is to beat the poverty plague.
Without a support system, an individual is vulnerable to all types of disadvantages one can image. Youth empowerment strengthens connections and collaborations with other members of society, laying the foundation for life long value-added relationships. These relationships are vital to the development of better opportunities for the youth, families and the larger society. Recommendations for a project, a new job or business opportunity is important in Nigeria, making building one’s network more crucial. However, it takes empowerment to be able to build an effective network.
To conclude, the government, cooperate society and well off individuals need to do more to empower the youth. This is important, if they truly believe in the vision of having an advanced society for generations to come.
Things You Should Know About the Professional Carpenters and Furniture Makers Association of Lagos State
You probably would have heard about the Professional Carpenters and Furniture-makers Association of Lagos state(P.C.F.A.), but I’m pretty sure you may not have known exactly why they exist and what they really stand for. Ok! Let me get you to speed on that.
4 Things You Never Knew About the P.C.F.A Lagos state
1. As far back as the 1930s, the P.C.F.A. existed and operated under different names in various local government areas of Lagos State.
2. In 1990, a Mr. Adekunle Adedeji of Alapere, Ketu area of Lagos made a decision to organize a graduation ceremony for his apprentice who had just completed his apprenticeship. Mr. Adedeji decided to invite a couple of professional Carpenters within the Ketu, Alapere area to attend the function. While at the function, the group of Carpenters immediately saw a need to establish the association properly. The need arising from the fact that they all knew each other and at that period, there was no way to trace and recognize verified carpenters. So on July 2nd 1991 precisely, the Association was born, inaugurated and the first state executive election held.
3. The organisation currently operates a 3-tier government structure no different from the government structure of the Federal Government of Nigeria:
– Tier 1: Zonal (Community and grassroots)- Covers the Mile 12, Ketu, Owode, Ikosi, Shangisha areas, etc.
– Tier 2: Branch (Local government level)- Such as Kosofe local government area, etc.
– Tier 3: State- This is the highest decision making body of the Organisation. Tier 3 comprises of state executives, state elders and 3 representatives of each branch. All of which come from the different local government areas of Lagos State.
4. Currently, the P.C.F.A. conducts operations in all the local government areas of Lagos state, with the exception of Badagry. In addition, the association has about 5-30 zones per branch, with each zone having between 20 – 100 members.
Partnership With Jambolo.com
As a way of getting recognized, as well as to showcase the great services offered by registered members of the association, the leadership of the P.C.F.A made a strategic decision to partner with Nigeria’s No.1 aggregator of Artisans/blue collar services in Nigeria, Jambolo.com.
In one of the statements offered by the President of the association in an interview conducted during a visit to the associated, he said “Jambolo has provided a platform for us to showcase our products and services and as such we believe this partnership will place our members in a position to compete effectively and deliver quality services to our customers in Lagos State. We believe in Jambolo.com and so should you.”
Services Offered by the P.C.F.A
Cabinet Installation and Repair
Handrails, Railings, and Stairways
Kitchen and Bath Wood Fixtures
Wood Rot Repair
Termite Damage Repair
On Jambolo.com, you can be assured that every registered Carpenter is a professional, with a good portfolio, the right years of experience, has undergone proper verification and profiling.
The next time the need arises to engage the services of a Carpenter and you’re concerned about engaging someone with a good amount of experience, who will offer great service and whom you can also reach in terms of verification for the services provided; don’t look too far, visit Jambolo.com for that professional Carpenter and enjoy great service.
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